Farmers & Friends Online: Digital Literacy for Drought Affected Communities

With funding from Wentworth Healthcare Ltd., Leep is delivering digital literacy services in Lithgow to support communities affected by drought. Digital literacy can improve access to mental health services, access to drought relief funding and information, improve social connectivity and facilitate cost savings.   Leep has been offering one-on-one basic digital…

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‘Volunteers put themselves in harm’s way for the community – it’s important we give back’
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‘Volunteers put themselves in harm’s way for the community – it’s important we give back’

New funding will be available from NSW Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) and Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS) to focus on enhancing disaster resilience, developing effective leaders and promoting volunteer agencies. Dugald Saunders, Member for Dubbo, believes that this will help support volunteers in developing their skills during a crisis. …

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Best outcomes in the world: NSW takes big steps to cut cancer deaths

Cancer mortality rates are lowering due to early detection and access to treatment. David Currow, Cancer Institute NSW, attributes the rise in survival rates to ‘prevention campaigns, cancer screening participation, access to services and new emerging therapies have all helped contribute to an overall reduction in mortality rates’.  Read the…

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Water now flowing from standpipes in regional areas

Water filling stations, funded by the Federal Government’s Drought Community Program through Cabonne Council, are now available in the following areas:  Canowindra (along Rodd St between Ross St & Browns Ave) Eugowra (Cnr Broad St and Marara St) Manildra (along Kiewa St, opposite Cawarra St) Read the full article at…

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Cyclists to ride in western NSW for country children

A trip from Dubbo to Cobar will help with developmental and health needs of country children who are still lacking support in the area they live in.  The Ride for Country Kids is scheduled for May 2020 and will be raising funds to help country kids.  Next year’s fundraising goal…

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Opinion | Cecily Michaels, Leep CEO

The digital divide in Australia: what more needs to be done? Everyday life continues to be more difficult for people who aren’t confident using technology. In fact that disadvantage is quickly growing as more of our lives and access to the services we need moves online. Leep has been working…

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Qantas offers discounted flights to encourage Sydneysiders to visit drought-affected regions, including New England North West

Discounted flights to Moree, Tamworth, Armidale and other regional centres have been offered by Qantas to encourage Sydneysiders to visit drought-stricken areas in NSW.  The aim is to provide a tourism boost to these communities. Read the full article at https://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/6465948/discounted-flights-to-support-drought-affected-nsw/?cs=12

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ROYAL COMMISSION: Commissioners turn to solutions for regional aged care

The regional aged care focused hearings revealed challenges in the delivery of aged care due to ‘widespread dispersion of populations, transportation challenges, geographical isolation and potentially insufficient population densities to support services that are scalable’.  Issues such as poor leadership, fixing the workforce and lack of aged care services were…

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